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Yacht World Intro

This is the first in a series of videos that I will be doing on how to most effectively use the Internet when searching for boats for sale.

I have chosen Yacht World to start with because it is the largest Multiple Listing Service for boats for sale in the world.  Yacht World is often the starting point for many yacht brokers when we are searching for boats for our clients.  There are no For Sale by Owner listings on this Website.  Yacht Brokers subscribe to this service to advertise their clients boats for sale.

The features and functionality that are available on Yacht World for the boater who is searching for their next boat, a yacht charter, surveyor, financing, a yacht broker, and even tips on listing their boat for sale are substantial.  It is a great place to start any boat search from any place in the world for powerboats, sailboats, and even commercial vessels.

This first video is meant to help familiarize you with the functionality of the front page of the Website.  In the next video we will delve deeper into our boat search and learn how to get the fastest and most accurate search results.

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Hope to see you again soon!


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Don’t Miss the Boat

Why the Best Boat Prices Will Soon Disappear

Soundings Trade Only published an article in June titled Signs of Improvement in Brokerage Sales.  The article was written by John Burnham of Yacht World.  John noted in that post that unit sales of boats were only down by 7 percent compared to May 2008.  That represented a substantial jump in sales compared to the previous month.

Courtesy Soundings Trade Only
Courtesy Soundings Trade Only

John also noted that the valuations of the boats were off by 40 percent.  That simply means that boat sales are picking up steam but prices are extremely low.  How long will these deeply discounted prices last?

In April I wrote a post entitled Why Now is the Right Time to Buy a Boat.  In that article I predicted what would happen.  That prediction is coming true as the summer progresses.  Bargain hunters are taking advantage of the discounted boat prices.  There is virtually no new supply coming into the marketplace from the builders or financially distressed boat owners.

Get Your Dream Boat Now

If you have been straddling the fence on buying your dream boat, it is time to make a decision.  You will miss the deeply discounted prices if you don’t make a move within the next few weeks.  Demand is clearly on a rapid rise and the supply is not keeping pace.  Don’t find yourself sitting at the yacht club bar a year from now crying that you should’ve bought that boat!

Have a great summer!

David Tomen

Extended Marine Warranties

Save Your ButtBoat with an Extended Warranty

The summer boating season is swinging into high gear for boaters in the northern hemisphere.  There is nothing better than days spent on the water with our family and friends.  There is nothing worse than a major mechanical or electrical breakdown to put a damper on your high spirits.  Or your bank account.

Boat Repair Can be Expensive

It breaks my heart to hear someone at a boat show or on the dock utter these words, “The happiest days of my life were when I bought the boat, and when I sold it.”  That is usually followed by a nightmarish story of what went wrong.  And it typically involved things breaking down and an unexpected depletion of a bank account.  Save yourself the worry this summer. You can get extended warranties now on new as well as used boats, personal watercraft,  and many of the other systems onboard including your expensive electronics.

Here’s the deal:

•     New boat coverage up to 8 years
•     Pre-owned coverage up to 3 years
•     Pre-owned coverage available for vessels up to 10 years old
•     Coverage for yachts up to 80 feet and 2000 horsepower
•     Accessory coverage tailored to yachts, cruisers, fishing boats, sailboats, runabouts and ski boats, as well as coverage for all electronic gear
•     Transferable to a new owner helping to increase resale value
•     Claims paid directly to repair facilities
•     Honored at most factory authorized repair centers in the continental United Sates and Canada
•     Oldest and largest marine protection program
•     Backed by an A rated insurance company

Get More Info Here

This Extended Boat Warranty program is offered by Oasis Yachts in cooperation with Secured Marine Trust.  This program came out of a collaboration with Yacht World/, marine banker Sterling & Associates, and Secured Marine Trust, LLC.

Clicking here will take you to a simple form that you fill out and submit for more information or a quote.

Have a great summer!

David Tomen

Shopping Made Easy

You may have noticed while shopping online lately that it’s not so easy.  Say you are looking for a Garmin GPS or a pair of deck shoes.  You go to Amazon or Best Buy and land on their front page and your mind goes, “Whoa”.  After your eyes take in all of the options before you you finally find the search bar.  The drop down menus were too confusing.

Here is a better idea.  Try where you can look for electronics, shoes, clothes, cameras and camcorders, books, lcd TV’s, gift baskets and more.  You get free shipping on thousands of items if you order before December 17.  There are plenty of bargains and heavily discounted items as well.

The site is hosted by me.  Shopping is secure and easy.  Try it out today by going to and tell me what you think.  And make sure you bookmark it so you remember where it is.

Happy Holidays!


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Shipping Your Boat Overseas

Once your new boat is paid for you will want to get her home as quickly as possible. Chances are that you have never shipped anything of this value and size from the United States to another country. The logistics of accomplishing this task safely and efficiently with no legal or export/import problems can be daunting. This article will tell you what to expect and who you need to ask for help.

Yacht Transport Companies

The easiest way to get your yacht shipped home is by contacting one of the companies that specialize in yacht transport. The agent you are assigned can help you acquire the documentation and information necessary. The better known and experienced companies include Dockwise Express, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, and Yachtpath International.

Freight Forwarders

Some freight forwarders specialize in yacht transport and generally work with shipping companies who carry general cargo such as containers. The agent at these companies will also assist you in getting your documents together.

Methods of Transport

Dockwise Express uses the Float On/Float Off method of loading and unloading using semi-submersible ships. Dockwise is capable of handling smaller vessels all the way up to Megayacht size. Crew are allowed to stay onboard larger yachts and Dockwise provides creature comforts such as recreational and entertainment facilities.

Yachtpath and Sevenstar are Lift On/Lift Carriers where boats are loaded using cranes and straps to lower the vessel onto a cradle. These carriers usually restrict size to between 45 – 55 meters.

Companies such as Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Heogh Autoliners, Mitsui and K-Line use the Roll On/Roll Off method of loading. These carriers have height restrictions and typically anything over 14′ must be removed. You have to provide the cradle or trailer.

The least favored but most cost effective method of shipping yachts is using a Flat Rack Carrier. These carriers have the capability to ship your yacht loaded onto flat racks and then onto the deck of their cargo ships. Some of these companies include APL, Evergreen, Maersk, OOCL, CMA-CGM and MSC.

The final option is hiring a captain and crew who will sail your yacht from the point of origin to a destination anywhere in the world. This naturally allows greater flexibility in scheduling but is restricted to boats that can make transoceanic voyages. You must also consider cost of fuel and wear and tear on the boat.

Documentation Required

Specific Requirements can vary by destination and mode of transport. Generally you will need a commercial invoice, an export packing list, the yacht registry, a Shipper’s Export Declaration, a Bill of Lading, and an Insurance Certificate.

Other documents that may be required are a Certificate of Origin (or Manufacturers Statement of Origin), a Builder’s Certificate, Temporary Import Certificate (ATA CARNET), a Consular Invoice, and an Inspection Certification.

Some countries require you to give at least 10 days advance notice and provide the authorities in that country with an original Certificate of Origin and an original commercial invoice. Some of these documents can be acquired for you by the yacht broker who assisted you in the purchase of the boat.

There are often fees associated with consular or embassy certification. It is imperative that you get necessary documents certified and/or notarized well in advance of loading your yacht on the ship. Take into consideration the time necessary for bureaucratic red tape and sending documents by courier. One missing document will likely prevent you from having your boat loaded on the ship the day before she sails.

Information Required

Depending on the method of transport you choose you will need the following: Port of Departure, Port of Destination, Beam, and Length Overall from the tip of the bow pulpit to the back edge of the swim platform, height from the keel or bottom of the shipping cradle or trailer to the highest point on the ship (depending on the method of shipping you may not have to step your mast on a sailing yacht), weight, make & model, Hull Identification Number, and the yacht’s name.

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Calm seas,


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